This has been a big week for mobile game releases, with a new MMORPG, a strategy RPG, sequels, and a visually distinct adventure game, and more appearing in the weekly roundup. As always, while most of the games on this list are free, do not overlook the premium titles (or games that offer the first chapter for free). While free games might be the easy choice, some of the best new Android games tend to be paid titles which aren’t balanced around in app purchases.
The Alchemist Code
gumi Inc has launched their new strategy role-playing game The Alchemist Code. The game features a story mode with visual-novel like cut-scenes and some Japanese voice overs, a PVP arena, events, and a real time co-op mode. As far as combat, it has what gamers would expect from the genre, including height and positional advantages, certain classes having an easier time moving around the map, and even friendly fire. For more details about the game, and some thoughts about its quality, check out Android Sloth’s review (hint: it’s one of the best new Android games around). If you plan on downloading the game, here are some tips to help you get started. The Alchemist Code is free and contains ads and in app purchases.
Hyper Hippo Games and Kongregate have released a sequel to the extremely popular AdVenture Capitalist. Like its predecessor, AdVenture Communist is an incremental game (or clicker/tapper if you prefer). Players need to collect resources to upgrade their means of production so that they can produce more resources. That can either be done manually by tapping (or holding) the resource button to get more potatoes, land, etc. or by acquiring more farmers, or builders, which will produce goods without the player’s input. AdVenture Communist is free and contains ads and in app purchases.
Mighty Battles is a Clash Royale-like military game where each player takes a more active role. Players can of course deploy troops as they attempt to destroy their opponent’s base, but they can also use their machine gun turret to directly attack their enemies troops and base. The idea is similar to that of Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak, which combines lane based strategy, card collecting, and sniping. Mighty Battles’ military themed units and cards include grenadiers, flamethrower troops, tanks, and more. The biggest thing that sets Mighty Battles apart from the competition isn’t the turret mechanics, but the way troops are summoned. While most games in the genre (including the recently released South Park: Phone Destroyer) use a constantly replenishing energy system, this game mixes it up. While units are still summoned using what is effectively energy, that energy is obtained by killing enemy units. This adds a layer of strategy that isn’t present in many similar games. Mighty Battles is free and contains ads and in app purchases.
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
Sega & Sega Hard Light have added another game to the long lineup of Sonic titles available on Android. Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a new competitive racing game, where 4 players compete to be the first to the finish line. At its core, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a lane based runner. The game’s tracks (12 of which are available at launch) are divided into 4 lanes, and players will have to frequently switch lanes if they hope to succeed. What stands in their way as they head towards the finish line is a bevy of obstacles, enemies, and their opponent’s powerups. Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is free and contains ads and in app purchases.
Heart Shaped Games, the studio behind Hero Generations, has released Brave Hand, a free single player card game without any pay to win elements. As with many card games, the rules of Brave Hand are simple, but mastering the game to maximize your chances of success can be quite a challenge. Those mechanics are combined with some nice artwork and a bit of a story. Brave Hand is free and contains ads and in app purchases.